How to Make Your Hippo Wall Sculpture:
Finished size: About 14 inches (35.56 cm) high, 11 inches (27.94 cm) wide and 5 inches (12.7 cm) deep.
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Watch the video below to see how the pattern is taped together:
The downloadable pattern also includes screen shots of every piece to show you how to put the pattern together. Just save the pattern to your device so you’ll always have access to it.
After the pattern is taped together can cover it with paper strips and paste or paper mache clay – or use them both, like I did. You can find the paste recipe here, and the recipe for paper mache clay here.
Finishing Your Hippo Sculpture:
In the video below you can see how I finished the hippo you see in the photos above. However, there are a lot of different ways you can do it, and every real hippo looks different – just like people do. Watch the video to get some ideas, and then grab your brushes and get started!
Although I recommend acrylic paints for paper mache, and the artist in this video used watercolor, you might want to watch his video, too, for some ideas.
To make this paper mache hippo sculpture you will need:
- Copy paper or full-sheet labels
- Glue stick if using copy paper for pattern
- Cardboard from 2 standard-sized cereal boxes
- Pieces of corrugated cardboard from one or more shipping boxes
- Knife and sharp scissors for cutting cardboard
- Tape, both clear plastic tape and masking tape
- 1.5” Styrofoam ball, cut in half
- Aluminum foil
- Glue gun (or use masking tape instead)
- Paper strips and paste or paper mache clay (see first video above)
- Acrylic gesso or latex primer
- Acrylic paint and matte varnish
*You can find recipes for paper mache paste and paper mache clay in the Recipes tab at the top of this site.
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Hippos Made with This Pattern:
Made by Peggy Nyberg
Mungo the hippopotamus.
Made by Pauline Seddon
Fiona the Hippo
Made by Kathy Williams
10 thoughts on “Hippo Pattern”
That is amazing to watch. I’ve been using your patterns for 10 years, and how you ever made the pattern for this face is a miracle! I LOVE the brown paper look. Thank you.
Thanks you, Rex, for being so supportive all these years. I really do appreciate all you do. 🙂
I just love your hippo! All the contours on the face are so well done and the painting is exceptional. Your work inspires us all. Thanks for all you do!
Thanks, Pat! I’m glad you like him. 🙂
Hi Jonni, well worth the wait! He/she is beautiful! So lifelike! This will be my next project! Thanks again.
Thanks, Pauline. I hope you’ll let us see your hippo if you make one. We’d love to see how it turns out. 🙂
Love it!!! You’re art is great; and, your instruction is exceptional!
Thanks, Heather! I’m glad you like it. 🙂